In this Bertelsmann Foundation publication, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Anders Åslund argues that Western sanctions are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy.

Read the report here.


It has been a long year, with activities undertaken around the world.

We are now looking forward to the new challenges awaiting us in 2014.


21 November, 2013

November 21, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranges a round table conference in Istanbul in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), the Georgian United National Movement (UNM) och the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA). The title for the conference is “Struggling for an Open Society when coping with issues concerning National Security and Sovereignty.”

January 14th, 2013   Uncategorized

Cuba Libre! – In support of Democracy in Cuba


Cuba is a highly undemocratic country, and the elections that are held on a regular basis are more or less acts by the Communist Party to justify its own governance. Human rights are neglected in numerous ways, and the freedom of speech is heavily infringed. The communist government controls all media and access to the Internet is extremely limited.

Cuban dissidents – in the country as well as abroad – are in great need of support. This theme site gathers material from and about democratic forces in Cuba, and the intention is to put the spotlight on abuses by the regime, as well as on hopeful acts by the opposition.

Books online and on iPad

May 30th, 2012   Uncategorized |

Klas Hjort and Senad Šepić during a training session.

The seminar took place from May 4-6, 2012 a seminar was organized in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovinaby the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the Stranka Demokratske Akcije (SDA). Some 40 members of the SDA party from Bosnia were trained on ideology and policy making  by James Marriot, Secretary General of the International Young Democratic Union, Senad Šepić, Director of Political Academy of SDA, Klas Hjort, Political Advicer of the Moderate Party Office in the European Parliament and Evelina Lorentzon, Risk Analyst

This seminar is the first part of a 3 step training. The coming seminars are taking place in the autumn and in the begining of next year.

The NPP in Ghana is cooperating with the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden. In March 2012 a delegation from the NPP Youth Wing visited Sweden. In connection with this visit an article about the cooperation and education was published on an Internet news page in Ghana.

Read the article

Walburga Habsburg Douglas and Åsa Lindstam outside the prison.

Walburga Habsburg Douglas, MP representing the Moderate party and Deputy Chairman of the OSCE:s parliamentary assembly was refused on Monday to visit the Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in prison. Both the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the Prisons Authority rejected the application for a visit.

“Ukraine must offer transparency immediately and allow the international community to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in prison and see first-hand the conditions in which she is being kept. Ukrainian diplomats and parliamentarians have offered numerous accounts of how ‘comfortable’ the conditions are in Kharkiv for the former prime minister, harping on the fact that she has comforts of home, like a washing machine” said Walburga Habsburg adding that “the fact is that these messages are no substitute for in-person visits.If the government has a story to tell about the conditions in Ms. Tymoshenko’s cell, then authorities should allow international visitors at once.”
“By focusing the discussion on the prison, the Ukrainian foreign ministry has tried to divert attention from the larger issues related to rule of law and political prosecution,” stated Walburga Habsburg.


The Internet has benn further restricted in Belarus. From the beginning of January in capability cases not allowed to “visit and / or using foreign websites.” Violation results in a fine of up to $ 125.
The law states that owners and managers of internet cafes and other places that offer Internet access to prevent users from visiting sites that are outside Belarus. According to some sources of the new rules also shared connections (such as in an apartment building) and individuals who allow others to use their home computers to surf the net.

The delegation visited the Swedish Parliament,  and met with MP:s Gustav Blix, Kristina Hulting and Christian Holm from the Moderate Party, Liselott Hagberg from the Liberal Party and Carin Runeson from the Social Democratic Party. The participants were particularly interested in the structure and the political division of the Swedish Parliament. They were also curious about the different procedures for decision-making.

Moreover, the group was invited to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs where a roundtable discussion was held with well known Swedish Central Asia experts – among them Malena Mård, Head of Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The role of Kirgizstan as a relatively new state, the relationship with EU and the measures taken to fight corruption in order to attract foreign investments in the country were topics brought up.